A Toronto police officer wearing a controversial patch on their uniform while at a traffic safety news conference is facing discipline by the service, prompting community members to speak out online in response to the image.
The patch was seen on the officer’s vest by Toronto Star reporter Ben Spurr Tuesday morning and a picture was subsequently shared on Twitter. The main figure seen on the patch is the Punisher skull along with the phrase “Make no mistake I am the sheepdog” and a Thin Blue Line Canadian flag.
The skull stems from the fictional Marvel character Frank Castle, also known as The Punisher, an ex-Marine-turned-violent vigilante seeking justice after his family was murdered. However, it has been used by some officers as a pro-police symbol.
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